Book Review of The Week: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

Book Review of The Week: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor THE CHALK MAN By C.J. Tudor New York: Crown, 2018. $27.00 C.J. Tudor is something of a Renaissance woman. Before circumstances enabled her to write full-time, she dabbled in professions that included copywriter, television host, voice-over artist, and professional dog walker. Despite whatever creative […]

The Top Twenty Novels of 2018

Must Read Books in 2018   The Library Book by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster) (An unlikely book to make it to the top of the list, but Orlean delivers a book so vivid in atmosphere with a detailed plot that will appeal not only to those of us who love books, which makes it a […]

The Verdict on American Mystery Classics: A Treat for Mystery fans…

The Verdict on American Mystery Classics: A Treat for Mystery fans…

The Verdict on American Mystery Classics: A Treat for Mystery fans… W.H. Auden once wrote: “Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.” Otto Penzler, the prolific editor of crime fiction and the proprietor of New York City’s “The Mysterious Bookshop,” is bringing back classic mystery novels from the past that have been long […]

DVD Review– Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe: The Complete Series and Nero Wolfe (Italian language series)

DVD Review– Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe: The Complete Series and Nero Wolfe (Italian language series)

DVD Review– Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe: The Complete Series and Nero Wolfe (Italian language series)   Alongside Perry Mason, Nero Wolfe is the foremost American fictional detective.  Created by Rex Stout, the Wolfe mysteries spanned four decades and have been continued by Robert Goldsborough.  Wolfe is larger than life due to his eccentricities.  Wolfe loves […]

BOOK OF THE WEEK: The Chalk Man By C.J. Tudor

BOOK OF THE WEEK: THE CHALK MAN By C.J. Tudor New York: Crown, 2018. $27.00 C.J. Tudor is something of a Renaissance woman. Before circumstances enabled her to write full-time, she dabbled in professions that included copywriter, television host, voice-over artist, and professional dog walker. Despite whatever creative inspirations may have come from those jobs, […]

Fever By Deon Meyer.  Translated by K.L. Seefers

Review of the Week: Fever By Deon Meyer.

Fever By Deon Meyer. Translated by K.L. Seefers Atlantic Monthly Press 2017 $26.00 A Review of Fever by Deon Meyer Fever is a lengthy journey into a post-apocalyptic society, where the goal of building a new utopia is marred by lack of understanding into human nature.  In this story, a terrible disease has wiped out […]

Book Review of the Week: BEAU DEATH: A Peter Diamond Investigation By Peter Lovesey

Book Review of the Week: Beau Death by Peter Lovesey

Book Review of the Week: Beau Death A Peter Diamond Investigation By Peter Lovesey New York: Soho Crime, 2017, $27.95   Beau Death is a doozy. It’s multi-award-winner Peter Lovesey’s seventeenth Peter Diamond novel. The series started in 1991 with the stunning The Last Detective (Anthony Award). Readers addicted to Lovesey’s appealing detective and the […]

Book Review of the Week: Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay

Book Review of the Week: Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay Parting Shot is Linwood Barclay’s seventeenth novel. Among them is the chilling Promise Falls trilogy—Broken Promise (2015), Far From True (2016), and The Twenty–three (2016). Though technically not a sequel to that trilogy, this is a worthy standalone follow-up novel. It brings back many of […]

Lyndsay Faye on Sherlock Holmes: "He's an outsider, a Bohemian, someone who doesn't fit into a neat and clean box for people to categorize."

Book Review of the Week: Unquiet Spirits by Bonnie MacBird

Book Review of the Week: Unquiet Spirits by Bonnie MacBird   In October 2015, Bonnie MacBird published her first Sherlock Holmes pastiche, Art in the Blood (not to be confused with the similarly named 2008 Holmes novel by Rainer Jaeger). It was an intriguing tale of Holmes’s investigation into missing children and missing art, and […]

25 of the best mystery novels of 2017

The Strand Magazine’s Top 25 Books of 2017

The Strand Magazine’s Top 25 Books of 2017 These are the Strand Magazine’s pick for the Top 25 Books of 2017, amongst many others. 1. The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry (Crown) 2. Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis (Sourcebooks Landmark) 3. Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith (Forge Books) 4. Where Dead Men Meet […]